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MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 9: Victor Talking Machine Company Recordings (1920-1923)

MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 9: Victor Talking Machine Company Recordings (1920-1923)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012


Artists:

Garsington Opera Orchestra


Pasternack, Josef A.


Bourdon, Rosario


Rosario Bourdon

Soloist

John McCormack

Soloist

Francis Lapitino

Soloist

Fritz Kreisler

Soloist

Josef A. Pasternack

Soloist

Edwin Schneider

Soloist

Venue:

Camden, NJ, USA



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Nostalgia

Total Time - 77:23
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MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 9: Victor Talking Machine Company Recordings (1920-1923)

     
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ALVIN S. WIGGERS

1 

The Barefoot Trail

2:46
 John McCormack Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

2 

Semele, HWV 58

3:25
 John McCormack Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

JUSTINUS KERNER

3 

5 Lieder und Gesange, Op. 127: No. 1. Sangers Trost (Sung in English as The Singer's Consolation)

2:19
 John McCormack Soloist
     
 

TRADITIONAL

4 

The Next Market Day (arr. H. Hughes for voice and piano)

1:07
 John McCormack Soloist
     
5 

A Ballynure Ballad (arr. H. Hughes for voice and piano)

1:31
 John McCormack Soloist
     
 

SERGEI RACHMANINOV

6 

6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 3. V molchan'i nochi taynoy (arr. for voice, violin and piano) (Sung in English as When Night Descends)

3:00
 Fritz Kreisler Soloist
     
7 

6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 4. Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (arr. for voice, violin and piano) (Sung in English as O Cease Thy Singing, Maiden Fair)

3:36
 John McCormack Soloist
     
 

JESSIE CHRISTIAN BROWN

8 

The Last Hour

2:44
 Fritz Kreisler Soloist
     
 

JAMES WELDON JOHNSON

9 

Since You Went Away

2:51
 Edwin Schneider Soloist
     
 

CHARLES MARSHALL

10 

I Hear You Calling Me

3:40
 John McCormack Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

OTTO HARBACH

11 

The O'Brien Girl: Learn to Smile

3:20
 Josef A. Pasternack Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

RICHARD PASCOE

12 

Little Town in the Old County Down

3:26
 Josef A. Pasternack Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

DOROTHY TERRISS

13 

Three O'Clock in the Morning (arr. for voice and orchestra)

2:54
 Rosario Bourdon Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

GERALD E. GRIFFIN

14 

Mother in Ireland

3:10
 John McCormack Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

SIDNEY D. MITCHELL

15 

Her Family Tree: Remember the Rose

2:48
 Josef A. Pasternack Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

ARTHUR SULLIVAN

16 

The Lost Chord

4:16
 Josef A. Pasternack Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

JOSEPH BARNBY

17 

Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All

3:08
 John McCormack Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

WORTON DAVID

18 

The Kingdom Within Your Eyes

2:39
 John McCormack Soloist
 Bourdon, Rosario
     
 

EDOUARD SCHNEIDER

19 

A Fairy Story By The Fire

2:12
 John McCormack Soloist
     
 

ALEKSEY STEPANOVICH KHOMYAKOV

20 

15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 7. K detyam (arr. for voice and orchestra) (Sung in English as To the Children)

3:12
 John McCormack Soloist
 Pasternack, Josef A.
     
 

PAUL WHITEMAN

21 

Wonderful One

2:34
 John McCormack Soloist
 Bourdon, Rosario
     
 

LESLIE COOKE

22 

Love Sends A Little Gift of Roses

2:43
 Rosario Bourdon Soloist
 Bourdon, Rosario
     
 

NAT D. AYER

23 

Where the Rainbow Ends

3:08
 Rosario Bourdon Soloist
 Bourdon, Rosario
     
24 

Somewhere in the World

2:59
 Rosario Bourdon Soloist
 Bourdon, Rosario
     
 

LEE W. LOOKWOOD

25 

Take a Look at Molly

2:42
 Rosario Bourdon Soloist
 Bourdon, Rosario
     
 

P.J O'REILLY

26 

Dream Once again

2:48
 Rosario Bourdon Soloist
 Bourdon, Rosario
     
 

MAY HANNAH BRAHE

27 

Thanks be to God

2:25
 Francis Lapitino Soloist
 Bourdon, Rosario


This volume of the Naxos McCormack Edition charts a chronological survey of recordings made in Camden, New Jersey, between April 1920 and September 1923. Two outstanding examples of the great tenor’s art are here; the famous recording of Handel’s O Sleep! Why Dost Thou Leave Me?—a miracle of breath control and tonal beauty—and Schumann’s The Singer’s Consolation, an outstanding contribution to Lieder on record. There are four collaborations with Fritz Kreisler, some superb examples of popular songs, inimitably sung, and the bonus of three recordings that were never published in the singer’s lifetime, two of which, Rachmaninov’s To the Children and Merikanto’s A Fairy Story By The Fire are now made available commercially for the first time

"I can never hear either the Irish songs or even the Handel aria sung by anyone else without bringing to mind the peculiar purity of McCormack’s pronunciation of “your” as “yoor”. Nor, for that matter, can anyone else sing “My wandering love” as McCormack does here, with its effortless, unearthly floated melismata over six, extended, four-beat measures. He then complements that vocal feat with a perfectly poised concluding, A-flat on “restore”. You have no time to recover from that before, in track three, you hear another example of McCormack’s consummate art in his elegantly restrained account of Schumann’s “The Singer’s Consolation”...this disc is dedicated to sentimental ballads, in addition to the Handel and Schumann we have three passionate, soulful Rachmaninov songs. In two of these, McCormack is partnered by the sweet-toned Fritz Kreisler who provides a haunting violin obbligato. All the singing here is stellar: time and again, the tenor’s vocalism is a thing of wonder. The pianissimo concluding B-flat in “Since You Went Away” or the floated As in his signature-tune “I Hear You Calling Me” are both simply breathtaking. It is too easy from our modern perspective to deride the sentimentality of “In that dear little town in the ould County Down” or “Mother in Ireland” but our own popular culture is hardly innocent of mawkishness and McCormack knew his market. To provide some dignity and balances we have a couple of overtly pious hymns grandly sung to stately tunes and Sullivan’s famous “The Lost Chord”, de rigueur for all singers of any note of that era, including Caruso and Dame Clara Butt; McCormack need not fear comparison with their very different versions.The transfers by Ward Marston are exemplary; the sound gives rise to no listening fatigue ...it contains gems sung by a voice which for sheer quality in its category can only be spoken of in the same breath as Schipa, Vinogradov and Wunderlich."
 
Ralph Moore - MusicWeb-International.com - May 2012



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